The cat’s meow

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­ Fol­low Joseph Fitzger­ald on Twit­ter @jofitz7

The Uxbridge Dog Park Com­mit­tee broke ground on a new, town-owned park.

UXBRIDGE — The Uxbridge Dog Park Com­mit­tee Wed­nes­day broke ground on the new town-owned, of­fleash dog park on Sut­ton Street.

The Dog Park Com­mit­tee, con­sist­ing of five mem­bers ap­pointed by the town, will over­see and man­age the ac­tiv­i­ties of the park, which will open in a few months.

The idea to build a town-owned dog park came from a group of res­i­dent dog lovers headed by Cindy Scott and Uxbridge Po­lice Of­fi­cer Josiah Mor­ris­sette, who formed the Uxbridge Dog Park Com­mit­tee in 2013 to advo- cate for a park in town.

The Board of Select­men ap­proved the com­mit­tee’s pro­posal to al­low a por­tion of the town-owned 100 Acre Lot on Sut­ton Street to be used for the roughly two-acre dog park. The fenced-in park will be equipped with wa­ter­ing sta­tions, benches and light­ing and will be sub­di­vided, al­low­ing sep­a­rate ar­eas for older dogs and younger, more en­er­getic dogs.

The town ap­plied for a grant from the Stan­ton Foun­da­tion to fund the de­sign and con­struc­tion of the dog park. The grant covers up to 100 per­cent of the de­sign costs and 90 per­cent of con­struc­tion costs. Grants typ­i­cally range from $100,000 to $250,000.

Af­ter the park is open, the town can ap­ply to the Stan­ton Foun­da­tion for up to three cap­i­tal im­prove­ment grants. These grants can be used to make im­prove­ments to the park, not for routine main­te­nance. The Foun­da­tion will ap­prove cap­i­tal im­prove­ment grants of up to 5 per­cent of ini­tial con­struc­tion costs; thus if con­struc­tion costs to­taled $200,000, a town could re­ceive grants of up to $10,000 per year for three years.

Town con­tri­bu­tions re­quired in­clude land, water lines, other ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture, 10 per­cent of con­struc­tion costs and on­go­ing main­te­nance.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Uxbridge Dog Park Com­mit­tee mem­bers, from left, Po­lice Of­fi­cer Josiah Mor­ris­sette, Travis Ann DoRosaria, Laura Ozella-Hamel, Ali Wise Ra­posa, Chris Hamel, Jen­nifer Best Mod­ica, Cindy Mont­gomery Scott and Tori Rampino, held a groundbreaking cer­e­mony Wed­nes­day for the new off-leash dog park on Sut­ton Street.

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